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Grand Park’s New Year’s Eve L.A. 2021

Grand Park’s NYELA, powered by The Music Center, will ring in the new year by honoring the resilience of Los Angeles County and, in particular, those who gave us hope during 2020 with a live one-hour special broadcast and streaming event. While Grand Park’s NYELA will be closed to the public this year, Grand Park will still hold a live event for a special by-invitation-only audience of City and County frontline and essential workers; the program, which will feature joyful musical performances and Grand Park’s signature video projection countdown, will be broadcast on Fuse and livestreamed on Grand Park’s YouTube channel, providing the opportunity for people around the country and around the globe to experience the park’s grand-scale New Year’s Eve celebration.

In line with Grand Park’s commitment to featuring L.A.-based talent reflective of the “park for
everyone,” Grand Park’s NYELA will feature a dynamic line-up of performances beginning with the Afro-Dominican rhythms of songstress Esty, followed by the R&B-influenced alt-hop beats of South L.A.’s DUCKWRTH. A Latin icon for alternative electronic music worldwide and known for popular hits such as “Mas,” “Hasta Quemarnos” and “Soun Tha Mi Primer Amor,” Kinky will close out the hour-long program with a high-energy set. Dropping dance beats in back-to-back DJ sets, Peanut Butter Wolf, founder of independent Stone Throw Records, and J.Rocc, one of the original turntablists, will keep the party atmosphere going between main stage performances. The celebration will culminate with Grand Park’s signature midnight countdown created in a new partnership with Xitelabs out of Calabasas, featuring an exciting showcase of stunning 3D graphics and light shown on the iconic Los Angeles City Hall building. The midnight countdown show will meet the special moment of ringing in the new year in person for the invited guests as well as for the larger home audience watching online with the themes of hope, perseverance, action, bravery, boldness, positivity and unity.

Viewers can tune in or log on to the flagship West Coast countdown celebration on Friday,
December 31, 2021, from 11:00 p.m.–12:01 a.m. PT / 2:00 a.m.–3:01 a.m. ET January 1, 2022, to watch on Fuse (check local listings) or stream on Grand Park’s YouTube channel (@GrandParkLosAngeles).


Go Metro:

METRO B LINE (RED) OR D LINE (PURPLE) TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION. USE TRANSIT APP FOR MORE ROUTE OPTIONS.

There are three Metro Bike Share stations within walking distance of Grand Park:

  • Hope & 1st
  • 2nd & Hill
  • Grand & Temple

Check the station map online or in the Metro Bike Share app to view bike and dock availability.

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.

Los Angeles County. Grand Park. The Music Center.

Noche De Ofrenda 2021

October 23, 2021
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Park Performance Lawn (Near Hill Street)
Suspended last year due to the pandemic, the traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony honoring the dead returns to Grand Park as a live event and performance. A co-presentation by Grand Park and Self Help Graphics, the joint event of reflection and remembrance will feature a communal circle and blessing led by the indigenous community and also include poetry and dance. In a continued partnership with Grand Park, LACMA will host two family-friendly arts-based workshops dedicated to making personalized calavera—one of the most recognizable cultural and artistic elements of the Day of the Dead festivities. Each 20-minute workshop held throughout Noche de Ofrenda will engage kids to create their own calavera using air dry clay, paper plates and other craft items as LACMA teaching artists show park-goers how to sculpt, shape and transform ordinary materials into colorful Día de Los Muertos artworks. LACMA will also host a “Tree of Life” in Grand Park encouraging park-goers to write the name of a passed loved one on a colorful ribbon; the name and ribbon will remain placed on the tree in remembrance for the duration of Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos.

SCHEDULE

7PM: Words by Councilmember Kevin De Leon, CD14

7:05PM: General Lázaro Arvizu of Danza Xipe Totec, with special guest Jeniffer Sanchez, performing Danza de la Muerte

7:25PM: Land Acknowledgement by Self Help Graphics & Art Board Chair, endy bernal

7:30PM: Journey to Mictlan by Grupo Folklórico Huitzillin, Teatro Aztlán de CSUN and CA.
AJUPEME Delegation

7:55PM: Poetry Performance by Gloria Alvarez & Greg “Goyo” Hernandez

8:10PM: Closing Words by Maestra Ofelia Esparza & Rosanna Esparza Ahrens

8:15PM: Music by Maurice de la Falaise


Go Metro:

METRO B LINE (RED) OR D LINE (PURPLE) TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION. USE TRANSIT APP FOR MORE ROUTE OPTIONS.

There are three Metro Bike Share stations within walking distance of Grand Park:

  • Hope & 1st
  • 2nd & Hill
  • Grand & Temple

Check the station map online or in the Metro Bike Share app to view bike and dock availability.

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.

Los Angeles County. Grand Park. The Music Center.

Downtown Dia De Los Muertos 2021

Grand Park pays tribute to the cultural tradition of Día de los Muertos—Day of the Dead—with a 12-day public art installation taking place from October 22 through November 2, 2021. The ninth annual Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos honors people, places and ideas that merit reverence and commemoration through free, family-friendly programming. Presented in partnership with Self Help Graphics & Art, Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos is a community-oriented space inviting park-goers to contribute to the community altar, created by 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza, and to stroll through the park to view 20 altars made by professional artists and local community organizations, including East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Community Power Collective and Eastside LEADS, among others. The large, artistic altars will be spaced safely to enhance public engagement and maximize social distancing among guests. A major highlight will be the return of the annual Noche de Ofrenda (“Night of the Offerings”) in-person ceremony on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., featuring a performance by Danza Divina de Los Angeles with special guest and legacy danzante General Lazaro Arvizu, as well as free LACMA led calavera (“skull”) art workshops inspired by Aztec art, open to all ages. Noche de Ofrenda is a contemplative ceremony and night of reflection that connects communities to traditions and highlights indigenous practices during a contemporary celebration. Parkgoers must wear face coverings when attending the Noche de Ofrenda event.


Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos Activities:

Grand Park’s Día de los Muertos Altars and Art Installations
October 22–November 2, 2021
5:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m. (normal park hours of operation)
Location: Grand Park (between Grand Avenue and Hill Street)
Guests can experience, hear and learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos and stroll through largescale altar and art installations located throughout Grand Park, curated by Self Help Graphics, including the annual community altar created by maestra Ofelia Esparza and her family. An artist and educator, Esparza continues to be instrumental in preserving and conserving the Día de los Muertos tradition in Los Angeles, and the community altar in Grand Park creates an opportunity for Angelenos to contribute their own personal ofrendas and mementos to honor a passed loved one. All personally and culturally relevant to Los Angeles, the 20 altar installations create a connection of vital community issues, critical leaders and loved ones that are important to Angelenos. This year’s altars will include an homage to the late Chicana activist, author and community organizer, Betita Martínez, as well as altars honoring the LGBTQ community and the loss of community resources during the pandemic. To deepen appreciation and provide context of the public art installations, Grand Park will offer attendees the option of listening to pre-recorded audio guides with insights from the artists to complement altar viewing. Park-goers can access the storytelling through Grand Park’s digital channels.

To deepen appreciation and provide context of the public art installations, Grand Park offers the option of listening to the pre-recorded audio guides with insights by the artists to complement altar viewing.

Noche de Ofrenda
October 23, 2021
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Park Performance Lawn (Near Hill Street)
Suspended last year due to the pandemic, the traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony honoring the dead returns to Grand Park as a live event and performance. A co-presentation by Grand Park and Self Help Graphics, the joint event of reflection and remembrance will feature a communal circle and blessing led by the indigenous community and also include poetry and dance. In a continued partnership with Grand Park, LACMA will host two family-friendly arts-based workshops dedicated to making personalized calavera—one of the most recognizable cultural and artistic elements of the Day of the Dead festivities. Each 20-minute workshop held throughout Noche de Ofrenda will engage kids to create their own calavera using air dry clay, paper plates and other craft items as LACMA teaching artists show park-goers how to sculpt, shape and transform ordinary materials into colorful Día de Los Muertos artworks. LACMA will also host a “Tree of Life” in Grand Park encouraging park-goers to write the name of a passed loved one on a colorful ribbon; the name and ribbon will remain placed on the tree in remembrance for the duration of Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos.


Go Metro:

METRO B LINE (RED) OR D LINE (PURPLE) TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION. USE TRANSIT APP FOR MORE ROUTE OPTIONS.

There are three Metro Bike Share stations within walking distance of Grand Park:

  • Hope & 1st
  • 2nd & Hill
  • Grand & Temple

Check the station map online or in the Metro Bike Share app to view bike and dock availability.

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.

Los Angeles County. Grand Park. The Music Center.


From our friends at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: During these challenging times you may feel worried, sad, lonely or unsettled. Please find mental health resources below that can help you.

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Easy Mornings 2021

Grand Park’s Easy Mornings offers a calm start to the weekend with relaxing and family-friendly
activities in Grand Park on Saturday mornings this September. Introduced last summer as a digital experience and now offered live in the park, Grand Park’s Easy Mornings provides Angelenos with opportunities to focus on deepening relationships with self, community and green space. The free three-hour program will take place in Grand Park from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on September 4, September 11, September 18 and September 25, 2021.

Grand Park’s Easy Mornings is a public platform promoting arts and culture, educational and
creative programs and community health. Each week will feature a mixture of different activities, including arts-based workshops, wellness and dance workshops, public art and live DJ
entertainment. Grand Park’s favorite food trucks and vendedores will offer food and beverages for purchase; on-site picnicking is encouraged. Activities in Grand Park take place between Grand Avenue and Hill Street.

Guests must wear face coverings when entering performance, dancing and other communal areas during outdoor events in Grand Park; these areas will delineate where crowds could form in public spaces.


Saturday, September 4

10AM-1PM

  1. Meet Me at The Park Corner by Grand Park
  2. Music by DJ Maurice de la Falaise
  3. Sábados Animados by El Cine and Bob Baker Marionette Theatre
  4. Printmaking + Zine-Making Workshop by  Katie Dinh with the dA Center for the Arts
  5. Day on Grand by The Broad
  6. Collage Magnets by Museum of Art and History – Lancaster

Mobile Vaccine Clinic provided by Veritas (Free, walk-ins accepted)

Saturday, September 11

10AM-1PM

  1. Meet Me at The Park Corner by Grand Park
  2. Sábados Animados by El Cine and Bob Baker Marionette Theatre
  3. Art Patterns of Amazement by Dalia Perez with the dA Center for the Arts
  4. Day on Grand by The Broad
  5. Wellness Corner – Ease for the Mind by Courtney Seiberling
  6. LA Native Flower Crafts by Danny Gonzalez
  7. Lantern Making Workshop by Chinese American Museum
  8. Healing through Hip-Hop Dance by No Easy Props

Mobile Vaccine Clinic provided by Veritas (Free, walk-ins accepted)

Saturday, September 18

10AM-1PM

  1. Meet Me at The Park Corner by Grand Park
  2. Music by DJ Maurice de la Falaise
  3. Sábados Animados by El Cine and Bob Baker Marionette Theatre
  4. Dance by Aubrey Schoeman with the dA Center for the Arts
  5. Day on Grand by The Broad
  6. Wacky Sculptures by Museum of Art and History – Lancaster
  7. Wellness Corner – Ease for the Body by Courtney Seiberling
  8. LA Native Flower Crafts by Danny Gonzalez

Mobile Vaccine Clinic provided by Veritas (Free, walk-ins accepted)

Saturday, September 25

10AM-1PM

  1. Meet Me at The Park Corner by Grand Park
  2. Sábados Animados by El Cine and Bob Baker Marionette Theatre
  3. Piano Session by the dA Center for the Arts
  4. Day on Grand by The Broad
  5. Neon Mobiles by Museum of Art and History – Lancaster
  6. Wellness Corner – Ease for the Spirit by Courtney Seiberling
  7. LA Native Flower Crafts by Danny Gonzalez
  8. Lantern Making Workshop by Chinese American Museum
  9. Healing through Hip-Hop Dance by No Easy Props

Mobile Vaccine Clinic provided by Veritas (Free, walk-ins accepted)


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Sunday Sessions 2021

Dance and music are the centerpiece for every hot summer party and Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions returns live in the park! Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions will host L.A.’s finest House music curators on two Sundays this summer featuring numerous DJs at each event. This popular series of free outdoor dance parties will celebrate the contributions of Los Angeles artists to the American-originated, globally embraced art form of House music. The July 25th Sunday Sessions will feature Astronomar, Bot, Ocean Roulette, Etari, and Chloé Soleta, and celebrate the pillars of House music rooted in joy, liberation and dance.

The August 29th event will honor the sounds that served as a precursor to House and dance music with a day dedicated to Northern Soul, Funk and Disco with artists including Deejay Clifton, Liz O., Riley More and LoopdropKid. Guests can picnic or purchase food from food trucks and enjoy the sounds of summer in a beautiful setting right in the heart of Downtown L.A. Sunday Sessions will take place on the park’s Performance Lawn, just north of Hill Street.

Soundcheck: 2pm – 3pm

Loopdropkid: 3pm – 4pm

Riley More: 4pm – 5pm

Liz O.: 5pm – 6pm

Deejay Clifton: 6pm – 7pm

Sign up for the on-site vaccine clinic HERE.


COVID GUIDELINES

1. Safety is our number one priority during our programs! We frequently disinfect high touch surfaces.
2. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after contact with frequently touched surfaces.
3. Please keep your distance (about 2 arms lengths) from people who are not in your household.
4. Masks are greatly encouraged!
5. If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home.

FAQ

Is Sunday Sessions free?
Yes, it’s free!
What can I bring to Sunday Sessions?
You can bring blankets, water, picnic food (i.e., snacks, sandwiches, etc.). And of course, yourself!
What can’t I bring to Sunday Sessions?
Alcohol and drugs will not be permitted during Sunday Sessions. Please refer to grandparkla.org/rules for the full list of prohibited items.
Where can I park?
Parking for Grand Park is available in Lot 10 (weekends only) on N Broadway between First Street and Temple Street. Parking lot address is 145 N. Broadway, Los Angeles with entrances on Broadway and on Hill St. The Lot 10 parking rate is $3.50 per 15 minutes, or $20.00 maximum per day, and $10.00 per day for weekends, evenings and special events. There is also street parking available.
Will there be food?
Yes! We will have several food vendors and trucks available for purchase.
Will there be alcohol?
No, it is a dry event this year. There will not be any alcohol for sale or any alcohol permitted
Are pets allowed?
Yes, but they must be kept on a leash.

Go Metro to Sunday Sessions! Take the B Line (Red) or D Line (Purple) to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. Plan your trip on the Transit app.

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.

Los Angeles County. Grand Park. The Music Center.

Sunday Sessions 2021

Dance and music are the centerpiece for every hot summer party and Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions returns live in the park! Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions will host L.A.’s finest House music curators on two Sundays this summer featuring numerous DJs at each event. This popular series of free outdoor dance parties will celebrate the contributions of Los Angeles artists to the American-originated, globally embraced art form of House music. The July 25th Sunday Sessions will feature Astronomar, Bot, Ocean Roulette, Etari, and Chloé Soleta, and celebrate the pillars of House music rooted in joy, liberation and dance.

The August 29th event will honor the sounds that served as a precursor to House and dance music with a day dedicated to Northern Soul, Funk and Disco with artists including Deejay Clifton, Liz O., Riley More and LoopdropKid. Guests can picnic or purchase food from food trucks and enjoy the sounds of summer in a beautiful setting right in the heart of Downtown L.A. Sunday Sessions will take place on the park’s Performance Lawn, just north of Hill Street.

Sign up for the on-site vaccine clinic HERE.


COVID GUIDELINES

1. Safety is our number one priority during our programs! We frequently disinfect high touch surfaces.
2. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after contact with frequently touched surfaces.
3. Please keep your distance (about 2 arms lengths) from people who are not in your household.
4. Masks are greatly encouraged!
5. If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home.

FAQ

Is Sunday Sessions free?
Yes, it’s free!
What can I bring to Sunday Sessions?
You can bring blankets, water, picnic food (i.e., snacks, sandwiches, etc.). And of course, yourself!
What can’t I bring to Sunday Sessions?
Alcohol and drugs will not be permitted during Sunday Sessions. Please refer to grandparkla.org/rules for the full list of prohibited items.
Where can I park?
Parking for Grand Park is available in Lot 10 (weekends only) on N Broadway between First Street and Temple Street. Parking lot address is 145 N. Broadway, Los Angeles with entrances on Broadway and on Hill St. The Lot 10 parking rate is $3.50 per 15 minutes, or $20.00 maximum per day, and $10.00 per day for weekends, evenings and special events. There is also street parking available.
Will there be food?
Yes! We will have several food vendors and trucks available for purchase.
Will there be alcohol?
No, it is a dry event this year. There will not be any alcohol for sale or any alcohol permitted
Are pets allowed?
Yes, but they must be kept on a leash.

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Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.

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Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A.

Grand Park, powered by The Music Center, will magnify the culturally rich and diverse communities that comprise L.A. County with a month-long public art installation that applies an artistic lens to celebrate home and freedom, themes often associated with July 4th observances. From July 1–31, 2021, Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A. will feature photography and video exhibitions as well as a nighttime projection installation. Located throughout different areas of Grand Park between Grand Avenue and North Broadway, the on-site programming will illuminate Los Angeles through civic pride, identity and engagement while narrating cornerstone stories of the American experience.

Find more info at july.grandparkla.org.


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Grand Park’s Celebration Spectrum by dublab, created for ArtRise (in collaboration with Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill)

?? THIS MAY Celebrate with Grand Park’s Celebration Spectrum by @dublab, a month-long public art installation, programming, and digital experience created for Art Rise in collaboration with @tanyaaguiniga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill (@dubfrosty). ⁠

?? The project creates space for the missed celebrations in Los Angeles following a year in isolation. As a proposed joyful ode, the installations highlight the importance of marking time through gathering and the mental health benefits of communal celebration. Additional programming and digital experiences reflect the multi-faceted ways in which Los Angeles County’s diverse populations express their joy. Grand Park’s Celebration Spectrum, a TMC Arts program, transforms the outdoor expanse of Grand Park into a deconstructed party, unfolding in a progression of four installations that represent the arc of an epic celebration. Responding to the hurt and heightened anxieties associated with the pandemic, the project offers the communities in Los Angeles the opportunity to heal and re-emerge thanks to the transformative power of the arts.⁠

?? MAY (ONGOING)
The Gratitude Walk by Justin Michael Williams
Platform: We Rise Website / Grand Park’s Mixcloud
Did you know that taking a walk in nature has the power to boost your mood? Reset your energy with this 20-minute Gratitude Walk. Pop this in your ears, and take a walk through any neighborhood, park, or simply your backyard to wake up your positivity, energy, and power.
?? MAY 13 AT 3PM
The Power of Resilience: Meditation for Freedom and Change by Justin Michael Williams
Platform: Facebook Live
Meditation is not just about reducing stress, it’s about knowing that no matter what’s going on in your life, that you have the power to overcome. In this powerful interactive 60-minute session, you will learn how to step into your truth and break through fear so you can take charge of your mental health, and feel the authentic freedom and power that is your birthright. This session welcomes to all ages, as well beginners and experienced meditators alike. Come as you are. You are enough. Let’s rise together.
?? MAY 20 AT 6PM
Social Sparks: A conversation about celebrating resilience and fortifying communities through art.
Platform: Facebook Live
Celebration Spectrum artist Tanya Aguiñiga engages in dialogue with curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill of dublab for an exploration of how art can serve as a powerful vehicle for healing and joyful expression.
Aguñiga and Frosty will give a curatorial overview of their Celebration Spectrum installation for Art Rise at Grand Park and discuss how community-focused creative output can act as a positive feedback loop—reinforcing the public through reflections of their own innate strengths.
?? MAY 27 AT 6PM
Audible Identities: A dialogue and music listening session about expressing personal heritage through sound.
Platform: Facebook Live
Featured Artists: Anna Luisa Petrisko, Maral, Xandão
Moderated by: Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Join us for a dynamic session in which we explore the joyful sounds of Los Angeles’ diverse ethnic diasporas through a conversation with dublab DJs who contributed to the expansive Celebration Tapestry audio collage.
Expect musings on Central American cumbia sonidera culture, the sounds of Persian springtime renewal, feel good Filipino sounds spanning space and time, and much more.
The artists will reflect on their deep personal connections with music, how it represents their distinct heritages, and interconnections within Los Angeles’ broad expanse.
We aim to illuminate how Los Angeles’ multi-faceted communities harness the power of celebratory music to bond and bring healing in times of challenge.

Find more info at werise.la/grandpark.

 

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Grand Park’s Our LA Voices 2021

Grand Park brings Our LA Voices 2021: A Digital Spring Arts and Culture Fest right to your screens! Join us as we celebrate the multicultural and diverse landscape of Los Angeles County’s arts community through the lens of identity, impact, and resiliency. Tune in every Thursday from April 15-29 at 6PM.

WEEK 1 LINEUP

LIVE PERFORMANCE
Viet Trap: Live
DJ Lani Love
DJ Lani Love spins a set of hip hop tracks from Vietnam and Vietnamese Diaspora.
TALK
Vietnamese New Wave: Then and Now
DJ Lani Love & Elizabeth Ai
Lani Love in conversation with filmmaker and director Elizabeth Ai to discuss Ai’s current project, New Wave Documentary, a project documenting and preserving the sociocultural influence and impact of the popular 80s music genre, New Wave, on Vietnamese diaspora. DJ Lani Love and filmmaker Elizabeth Ai as they chat about the origins of Vietnamese New Wave and its cultural significance then and now.
TALK
Creation Stories of the Los Angeles Basin
Department of Cultural Affairs & the NEA Big Read ft. Metzli Projects
Learn about some of the creation stories of the Los Angeles Basin by joining Elder Alan Salazar (Tataviam/Chumash) to hear excerpts from his new book “Tata, the Tataviam Towhee,” a nature story illustrated by Mona Lewis using pigments made from rocks and soil collected in Tataviam territory.
FILM
Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg): Film Premiere
Arthur King & AKP Recordings
The experimental documentary short Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) was filmed in the Scottish Hebrides. The process, or artistic methodology, of the Changing Landscapes series is focused primarily on field recordings, and is the unchanging framework that allows the location to truly serve as the focus of the art.

WEEK 2 LINEUP

LIVE WORKSHOP
Milagros: Live
Department of Cultural Affairs & the NEA Big Read ft. Ofelia Esparza & Rosanna Esparza Ahrens. This session will explore the question, ‘What is the miracle needed right now?’ We will tap into our artistic abilities and create a Milagro to ourselves.
TALK
A Conversation With
Jonah Elijah
Conversation with LA-based artist Jonah Elijah, His work encapsulates black life in America and addresses controversial issues that actively affect the African American community. Using materials to explore economic inequality, displacement, or human rights Elijah’s artist practice embraces discomforting realities.
WORKSHOP
Welcome To My Neighborhood!
Jocelyn Ayala of the dA Center for the Arts
We will take a walk around Downtown Pomona, note our most eye-catching features, and then replicate them onto a vision board for what we would like our neighborhood to look like post-covid.
Recommended Supplies: Paper, pencil, pen, watercolors – and any other art supplies you have at home!
TALK
Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg): Talk
Arthur King & AKP Recordings
This interview and sneak peek at the Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) Gallery Exhibition features Dublab’s Alejandro Cohen in conversation with Arthur King’s Peter Walker. They discuss the multi-layered project that began on a remote Scottish island, and is now a record, film, and pop-up gallery installation in Los Angeles.

WEEK 3 LINEUP

LIVE TALK
Making Our Neighborhood: Live
Samanta Helou Hernandez & Jimmy Recinos
A two-part informational livestream on how to “Make a Neighborhood” in response to gentrification in historically ethnic and working-class Los Angeles communities. Part one will describe how Jimmy and Samanta first came together and conceptualized a discussion series for their community centered on three themes: historic redlining, current gentrification, and present and future housing affordability issues in the Virgil Village and East Hollywood areas. Part one will also describe the evolution of the discussion series into a public art project, an educational pamphlet campaign, archival research and blog storytelling, and finally, round-table discussions with various community members affected by our series’ three major themes. Finally, Jimmy and Samanta will discuss the importance of language justice and accessibility throughout the process of “Making Our Neighborhood.” Part two will describe Jimmy and Samanta’s final installment for the series, Making Our Neighborhood: The Magazine, discussing the importance of memorializing the findings of the discussion series in a tangible form for communities to access, and telling the stories behind finding the various voices featured in their magazine. Part two will also touch on the need to uplift art and literature in times of hardship, noting how despite many resources “taken” by the pandemic, including public schools, public libraries, and other public spaces, working-class communities can still come together to voice and respond to ongoing struggles, as we have done so historically.
PERFORMANCE
Party In My Living Room
Thurz
In an intimate setting from his living room, Thurz, LA hip hop artist hailing from Inglewood; will perform songs inspired by the experiences in his community. Thurz will be performing songs from his ‘MORE THURZ ON THURZDAY’ playlist, accompanied by Wali Ali Jr. on talkbox and a special band configuration TBD. In 2020, Thurza released ‘MORE THURZ ON THURZDAY’ playlist, a song per week, every week of the year, from January through December.
LIVE TALK
Musicians As Workers: Live
Josephine Shetty
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, there are many examples of music workers building worker power. However, exclusionary union models, individualism, increasing inequality, and technological changes in the music industry have also hindered music workers from massively collectivizing or uniting in solidarity with the rest of the working class. This conversation dives into the meaning of positioning musicians as workers, building broader movements of music workers, and how we can learn from an existing lineage of musicians organizing to build stronger movements of workers today.
DANCE PIECE
Rasquanchecias
Primera Generación Dance Collective
“Rasquachencias” showcases our collective’s past, present, and future works to consolidate a vibrant picture of our Mexican American sociality. This piece explores the power of rasquache play, engaging the possibilities in loud colors, Latinx iconography, and recycled juxtapositions to highlight the creative survival strategies produced by the brown, working-class communities that we grew up in.
DANCE PIECE
Love for the Prairie《苍穹之恋》
Chinese Dance Company of Southern California
The Mongols have always regarded the world as a component of nature, and believe that man and the earth coexist and prosper, and all the phenomena of nature are the products of the earth. “Love for the Prairie” shows the Mongols’ love and reverence for their homeland and nature.
蒙古人一向把天地万物看成是大自然的构成部分,认为人与天地万物共存共荣,大自然的一切现象都是天地的产物。《苍穹之恋》表现的就是蒙古人对大自然的热爱和崇敬。

Find out more info at olav.grandparkla.org.

 

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Grand Park’s REC Center: INSTAGRAM LIVE – Arts Workshop

INSTAGRAM LIVE: ARTS WORKSHOP
Presented by the dA Center for the Arts

Grand Park welcomes Pomona’s dA Center for the Arts for an hour-long conversation and arts workshop hosted by dA Art leader Bethlehem Martinez. The IG Live workshop will focus on music and motion and include students from the Pomona Unified School District Adults in Transition program. Viewers will also learn more about the dA’s work in listening, encouraging and empowering all ages to be understanding, empathic, inclusive and creative citizens for a better future.
In 1979 a group of artists, musicians, poets, and actors needed a space in the Pomona Valley to create and founded the dA Studios that evolved to The dA Center for the Arts is 1988. The dA provides an inclusive, equitable, and accessible community cultural center for all ages and abilities to explore and experience all the ARTS. The dA is shifting perceptions of the arts from exclusive to inclusive. The dA is inviting accessible conversations about visual arts, music, poetry, dance, theatre, and film that ignite transformational and essential life-long learning. The dA supports listening, encouraging, and empowering all ages to be understanding, empathetic, inclusive, and creative citizens for a better future.
dA’s Grand Park Rec program will feature our music and movement class with our friends from the Pomona Unified School District Adults in Transition program led by dA Art leader Bethlehem Martinez.
Bethlehem Martinez is a performing artist, and educator from Pomona. She is teaching youth and ability first classes in music, movement, and theatre. Bethlehem is also dA’s Goddess of Pomona who leads stories, stretches, and song for families with children ages 0-5. She has performed in numerous plays and operas such as: Danny in the Deep Blue Sea (Danny), The Addams Family (Alice), The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio),Cinderella Opera (Fairy God-Mother), and In the Heights (Carla). She is also a vocalist and guitarist for Mariachi Los Broncos at Cal Poly Pomona. Bethlehem is proud to be a part of the Pomona artistic community.

EVERY WEDNESDAY get well with Grand Park’s REC Center, an all-new virtual program centered around physical, mental and emotional wellness! Feed your mind, body and soul with multilingual and accessible yoga, dance classes, workshops, and more. Find out more info at rec.grandparkla.org.

 

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